57 cabin crew members of AirIndia has been assigned to ground jobs for being “overweight”. These “overweight” crew members will be loosing flying allowance of between Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000 a month.
But, the government owned Air India is telling this move as temporary.
The concerned crew members were allotted deadlines and asked to lose weight as their Body Mass Index (BMI) was higher than what was permitted to crew members. After they failed to do so, they were grounded, says this report in The Times of India.
As per norms of aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), the cabin crew has to be declared as ‘fit’, ‘temporary unfit’ and ‘permanent unfit’ by designated doctors through their periodic medical examination.
The national carrier has taken this decision for the 2nd time in last one and half year. Earlier on September 2015, 125 bulky cabin crew was taken off from flying duty after they failed to maintain the weight as per the mandatory norms framed by DGCA.
BMI ( Body Mass Index ) is the value derived from the mass (weight) and height of a man or an woman.
As per the norms of DGCA if a cabin crew member found overweight is deemed temporary unfit and given three months time to reduce weight. A cabin crew can continue flying duty for 19 months with temporary unfit tag. If he or she fails to reduce weight as per the requirement with in this given time frame then he or she will deemed permanently unfit.
As per the guidelines framed by DGCA the BMI requirement for a male cabin crew is 18-25 while 18-22 for a female. A BMI of 25-29.9 for a male crew is considered overweight and 30 and above is obese, while for a female crew member 22-27 is overweight and 27 and above obese.